Problems with emergency roadworks causing increased traffic congestion down Farsley Town Street should end by tomorrow (Friday) at 3pm, it’s been claimed.
One independent business – Farsley Travel – could not open its office today as staff and customers were unable to gain access due to the roadworks. Owners say they were not notified in advance, and took to social media this morning to ask customers to contact them by phone or e-mail instead. They said:
“Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, we were not advised this was going to happen.”
Concerned residents had this week raised concerns about traffic congestion, which they say had been made worse by the roadworks.
According to Councillor Peter Carlill (Lab, Calverley and Farsley) Northern Powergrid have said they will be completed by 3pm tomorrow. He added:
“These are emergency works from Northern Powergrid so weren’t ones that were flagged up in advance for councillors to comment on the plans – otherwise I would have been able to pick up some of these issues in advance.
“In fact on these level of emergency works the council often only receive notification as the works start and then aim to come down as soon as possible to assess the situation.”
Cllr Carlill said a council inspector had also been down to site today to look at the build-up of traffic, and raised some further concerns with Northern Powergrid while pushing for the works to be completed as soon as possible. He added:
“I understand there have been issues accessing one of the businesses today therefore I have asked them to contact Northern Powergrid again to make sure that they make access to the businesses a priority, express that it wasn’t acceptable that they weren’t notified of any disruption, and work to ensure any businesses can be back open again as soon as possible.”